But step inside and you will see a minimum of 40 construction workers with studs for walls going up and the first of 40 units taking shape. There’s still a lot of work to get done before the planned Spring 2016 opening date, but developer Amit Sofer told reporters Wednesday that work will proceed fairly quickly now that most of the heavy work has been completed.
“We’re doing a lot of our work underground and inside it’s well hidden from view” Sofer said. He wants the development to eventually be known as one of the most desired living spaces in Sault Ste. Marie.
Sofer, who is transforming the former hospital into Riverwalk Condominiums said that 90 percent of the units have been pre-sold – there’s still three units available and then phase 2 will begin to be offered.
For now though, his focus is on the first phase that included gutting all five floors down to the cement floor and then rebuilding from the ground up with the highest quality building materials.
The tour for media and some public officials including Mayor Christian Provenzano and new CAO, Al Horsman enjoyed the view from the fifth floor. The design of the building gives all units a great view of the river and city. ” The view is tremendous, i think it’s great to see a re-development and a re-purpose of the hospital site” Provensano said, “but as an added bonus is a relocation of a number of residential units to the downtown core , you would have a real hard time rejuvenating your downtown if you don’t have people living in it or near it”.
Al Horsman echoed the Mayor’s statement, “I’m very enthused , I think it will be an excellent development for the downtown, I think you’ll see more types of this development as well the city has the tax incentive grants to encourage development in the downtown”
Phase two will include another 59 units of equal or greater size, that project is slated for construction sometime in 2016.The entire development, that will include the hub trail along the riverside and the re-purpose of the former General Hospital site is expected to be a ten year project.
Take a look at the photo gallery for more of the tour !